(Schmeling Salas Sepúlveda)
“Pachama” is a sikuriada typical of northern Chile, an instrumental piece of music played at a rapid speed, featuring the characteristic ringing out of the charango and a dialogue between pan flutes (Spanish “zampoñas”) and notched flutes (Spanish “quenas”). Included on the album “Arak Pacha” (1984) by the group of the same name, it was composed by Schmeling Salas, a well-known artist and critically acclaimed musician from Arica, co-founder of the band of zampoñas “Los prisioneros del folclor” and today a member of the Andean fusion group “Chuccuruma”.
Pachama is a village located in northern Chile (municipality of Putre, Arica and Parinacota region), an Aymara area par excellence and the venue for traditional celebrations such as the Festival of San Andres (at the end of November).
Link CD “Arak Pacha” [Perrerac.org].